Friday, December 13th, 2013

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick
Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick

Bobbi Brown 24 Karat Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “beige gold.” It’s a pale, champagne gold with a frosted, metallic finish. It had good color payoff in a single stroke and built up nicely. The consistency was lightly creamy–enough to glide across lids without skipping but it didn’t take forever to set. Once set, it stays in place and wore well for eight hours. This is particularly nice for highlighting the inner corner of the eye to brighten. Too Faced Crème Brulee (P) is darker, powder. L’Oreal Gold Imperial (LE, $7.99) is yellower, power. L’Oreal Eternal Sunshine (P, $7.99) is slightly warmer, yellower, and powder. Lancome Eternal Gold (P, $24.50) is powder, slightly yellower. Dior Night Golds #4 (LE) is warmer, powder. See comparison swatches.

Bronze Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as a “rich bronze.” It’s a medium-dark brown with warm, coppery undertones and bronze and copper shimmer that give it a frosted finish. It had fairly good color payoff in one pass, and it was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage. The consistency was creamy enough that it didn’t skip or tug at the eyelid during application, and the shade wore well for eight hours. Clarins The Essentials #7 (LE) is darker. Too Faced Brown Sugar (LE) is darker. MAC Her Cocoa #3 (LE, $15.00) is a touch lighter, powder. Clinique Fuller Fudge (P, $16.00) is warmer. Milani Intermix (P, $6.99) is very similar, powder. MAC Sizzlin’ Diva (LE, $16.50) is similar. Buxom Mutt (P, $18.00) is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

As a note, I couldn’t find a single retailer that still carried Bronze online–not a one–so if it’s something on your must-have list, I would recommend calling a local counter (even the nearest to you, as many retailers will ship to you) to see if they have it.

Tuxedo Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00 for 0.05 oz.) is described as the “blackest black.” It’s a medium-dark, cool-toned black with a matte finish. It was buildable to mostly opaque color coverage, though it was only semi-opaque in a single stroke. The consistency was stiffer, drier than the other two, and I found it skipped and tugged at the lid a bit. It worked better and more comfortably as an eyeliner. On the lid (or lash line, for that matter), it wore well without creasing or fading for eight hours. NARS Black Valley (P, $25.00) is a gel formula but similar in color. Make Up For Ever #0E (P, $20.00) is darker. See comparison swatches.

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Friday, December 13th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Candlelight High Shimmer Lipgloss
Bobbi Brown Candlelight High Shimmer Lipgloss

Bobbi Brown Candlelight High Shimmer Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is described as a “champagne glitter.” It’s a pale, golden beige with gold, champagne, and copper shimmer and sparkle. On lips, it adds a very subtle warmth, but it is primarily adding a glossy shine and a moderate amount of shimmer. It wears three hours on me and is lightly hydrating. MAC Impossibly Sweet (LE, $15.00) is very similar. MAC Pleasure Principle (LE, $20.00) is lighter. MAC Moth to Flame (P, $20.00) is warmer. MAC Phiff (LE, $20.00) is also warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pure Gold High Shimmer Lipgloss ($24.00 for 0.23 fl. oz.) is described as a “golden yellow shimmer.” It has a gold-tinged base that leans yellow and then is full of pale gold, medium gold, and copper shimmer and sparkle. On lips, it adds warmth, but again, primarily adds gold and copper shimmer/sparkle, plus a glossy shine. It wears just under four hours on me and was nicely hydrating while worn. I know you’re all wondering how similar is this to Canary (P, $24.00)? There is a difference between the two, to a degree, and the difference is more obvious when you look at the two tube-by-tube or swatch-by-swatch, but applied? Pure Gold just looks like a sheer application of Canary, and that sheerness is the primary difference: Pure Gold has finer shimmer and less of it; and yes, it is noticeably yellower overall, but when it is sheered out, you really can’t tell. I wouldn’t get Pure Gold; I love Canary and highly recommend that, so if you want a shimmery gold gloss, that’s the one I’d go for. See comparison swatches.

The High Shimmer Lipgloss formula is a long-time favorite–it sparkles, dazzles, and glimmers as the light reflects against it the most spectacular way.  It has a lightweight feel that’s comfortable, hydrating, and surprisingly long-wearing given that many are mostly shimmer without a lot of color.  The consistency is non-tacky, and the formula is mint-scented.  Both of these have less sparkle than some of the other shades, and it’s that high-sparkle content that does make these special and standout against other glosses.

Bobbi Brown also released Rose as part of the Old Hollywood collection, which I don’t have at the moment but purchased earlier this week–looks like it doesn’t show up until sometime next week, but when it does, you can bet I’ll be testing it!

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Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette
Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette

Bobbi Brown Smokey Cool Eye Palette ($48.50 for 0.22 oz.) contains six eyeshadows with finishes that range from matte to sparkle.  Overall, it’s just a so-so palette.  If you like your colors sheerer, then you may still want to consider it.  If you’re looking for a more intense smoky eye palette, you’ll want to keep looking.

Ivory is a pale, cool-toned white with a matte finish. This shade is part of the permanent range (and has been in a lot of Bobbi Brown’s palettes, too). It had fairly good color payoff, and the texture was soft, slightly powdery, but blendable. Here are several see comparison swatches for white eyeshadows.

Graphite is a pale, muted peach-brown with silver sparkle and shimmer. It had semi-sheer color payoff. It has a “Sparkle” finish, which tends to be a sheerer product that’s very sparkly. I didn’t have fall out issues with this shade, though! bareMinerals Ball Gown (LE) is more frosted. Too Faced Cheers! (LE) is lighter, more frosted. MAC Rubenesque (P, $18.50) is darker, warmer, cream. LORAC Light Bronze (P) is less sparkly. Maybelline Barely Brazen (P, $6.99) is less sparkly, more metallic. Chanel Beige Lame (LE, $28.50) is darker. See comparison swatches.

Smokey Grey is a slightly warm-toned, taupe with a soft, frosted finish. The texture was a little dry, and the color payoff was semi-opaque. It has a “Shimmer Wash” finish, which means it’s supposed to be “sheer, lightly pearlized.” Anastasia Antique (LE) is less frosted. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is grayer. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is also grayer. MAC Satin Taupe (P, $15.00) is darker. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $21.00) is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Truffle is a pale, rose-tinted beige with a matte finish. It is very similar to my skin tone, so it might be hard to gauge pigmentation, but when I noted it, the color was mostly opaque but the texture was somewhat powdery. Urban Decay Habit (LE, $18.00) is a touch lighter. Urban Decay Freestyle (LE, $18.00) is very similar. Urban Decay ABC Gum (P, $18.00) is warmer. Inglot #341 (P, $6.00) is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Platinum is a pale, golden beige with a frosted sheen. It was semi-sheer, and it is also a “Sparkle” finish, which again, all tend to run sheer (but sparkly). This had more of a sparkly sheen than full-on sparkle or glitter, and I didn’t notice any fall out with this shade. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is lighter. Clarins Forest #2 (LE) is similar. MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is lighter. MAC Tenderly (LE, $15.00) is similar. MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is also similar. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is warmer. Bobbi Brown Bone (LE, $28.00) is more glittery. See comparison swatches.

Caviar is a medium-dark black with a matte finish. It actually has quite intense color payoff, but it is easily sheered out as it is on the powdery side. If patted on over a primer, it is more opaque, but it needs that extra boost. See comparison swatches.

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Monday, November 25th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick
Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick

Bobbi Brown Nude Glow Shimmer Brick ($45.00 for 0.22 oz.) is described as a “shimmering quartet of pearlescent colors.” It’s a medium-dark, bronze and copper-shimmered brown with a frosted, slightly metallic, finish. There is a hint of gray to the browner coloring, but it is still a warm-toned hue. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil (P) is less shimmery, warmer. Chanel Accent (84) (LE, $43.00) is rosier. Kevyn Aucoin Natura (P) is less shimmery. MAC Exotic Ember (LE, $25.00) is darker, browner. MAC Pressed Amber (LE, $25.00) is grayer. MAC Superb (LE, $30.00) is slightly rose-toned. Bobbi Brown Bahama (LE, $38.00) is rosier. See comparison swatches.

Shimmer Bricks can be used as face/cheek products, but they individual shades can also be used as eyeshadows. For the purposes of this review, it focuses on the product worn as a cheek product. I have included swatches of the individual shades for anyone who might be thinking about using it them as eyeshadows. It had good color payoff, and the texture of the powder is soft, finely-milled, and very blendable on the skin. It just slightly emphasized pores, but it was hardly noticeable if you weren’t really looking for it (as in, I don’t think anyone but the wearer would notice!). It wore almost eight hours on me before gradually fading. There was some patchiness after nine and a half hours.

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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Collection
Bobbi Brown Old Hollywood Collection

Old Hollywood Eye Palette ($75.00) (Limited Edition)

The Old Hollywood eye palette features a mixture of cool and warm hues with both glitter and flat finishes so you can go demure or glamorous depending on your mood. Shades include:

  • Ivory
  • Golden Pink Metallic
  • Gold Sparkle
  • Opal Sparkle
  • Fog
  • Beige
  • Chocoalte Bronze Sparkle
  • Candlelight Gold Metallic
  • Eclipse

Ink Linker ($27.00)

Effortless and high impact – that’s the essence of Bobbi Brown’s Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick. The do-it-all formula glides on tug-free and can be used to shade, define, smoke up and highlight eyes. In subtle to eye-popping shades that last for up to eight hours without creasing, flaking or fading, it’s a stroke of genius. Just swipe on and go.

  • Blackest Black

Lip Gloss ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Siren Red

High Shimmer Lip Gloss ($24.00) (Limited Edition)

  • Candlelight
  • Rose
  • Pure Gold

Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick ($28.00)

  • Tuxedo Black
  • 24 Karat
  • Bronze (Limited Edition)

Availability: Now @ Bobbi Brown, Nordstrom

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Wednesday, November 6th, 2013


Holiday Indulgences

One question I get asked a lot prior to Sephora’s winter sale (20% off for VIBs with code VIBTOPIA, 11/7 through 11/11!) is, “What do you recommend?” This is a loaded question! There are so many ways to answer this question! The way I tend to frame my answer is in the context of, “What have I wanted to buy but felt was a little too expensive normally? What favorites do I need to stock-up on?” I think sales offer us an opportunity to indulge in something that might be above our price point comfort zone the rest of the year, or be more willing to take a chance on a brand we’re not familiar with (because they’re not cheap!) as well as stock-up on things we know we’ll use over and over again.

Of course, it being the holiday season, there are also plenty of seasonal offerings to indulge in like sets and palettes–you can see my top palette picks in full here as well as some picks for sets and kits generally. Those both cover some of the seasonal offerings, and this post is less focused on seasonal/limited edition as it is just really fantastic products that I highly recommend from trying them.

Products to Indulge In — Lips

  • Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick ($22 @ Sephora, see my review here) — great if you love creamy, more emollient lipsticks with high pigmentation and moderate lasting power
  • YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stains ($34 @ Sephora, see my review here) — long-wearing, moderately pigmented color that doesn’t dry out lips
  • Givenchy Le Rouge ($36 @ Sephora, see my review here) — creamy, luminous opaque lip color that wears well, makes lips look smoother than they really are
  • Guerlain Rouge G Lip Color ($49.50 @ Sephora, see my review here) — Rouge G is a long-time favorite (still reigning supreme after years and years of trying new formulas) for long-wear, hydration, opacity, and feel
  • Buxom Full-Bodied Lipstick ($21 @ Sephora, see my review here) — superbly hydrating, smooth, rich color that wears well
  • Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lipgloss ($24 @ Sephora, see my review here) — for a high-gloss, insanely shimmering/glimmering gloss

Products to Indulge In — Face

  • Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush ($26 @ Sephora, see my review here) — a variety of gorgeous shades from intensely pigmented to subtly neutral with a soft, blendable formula
  • Illamasqua Velvet Blusher ($26 @ Sephora, see my review here) — perfect for someone who loves the feel and blendability of of a cream blush but look and finish of a powder
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder ($45 @ Sephora, see my review here) — a gorgeous finishing/luminizing powder to give that something special to the skin (and don’t forget the Ambient Lighting Palette!)
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($ @ Sephora, see my review here) — creates a lovely, smooth canvas and helps keep makeup on longer

Products to Indulge In — Eyes

Most of what I wanted to recommend (in terms of what came to mind) were palettes, which I’ve recommended previously here.

  • Hourglass Visionaire Eyeshadow Duo ($38 @ Sephora, see my review here) — buttery, soft texture and intense color payoff
  • bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow ($30 & up @ Sephora, see my review here) — one of my all-time favorite eyeshadow formulas for texture and color payoff
  • Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Eyeshadows ($30 @ Sephora, see my review here) — obsessed with these pigmented cream eyeshadows that wear well

Products to Indulge In — Nails

  • Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquer ($18 @ Sephora, see my review here) — high-shine, long-wearing formula with a nice range of colors/textures
  • Illamasqua Nail Varnish ($17 @ Sephora, see my review here) — one of my all-time favorites for application, wear, and range
  • Guerlain Nail Lacquer ($23 @ Sephora, see my review here) — so glossy and high-shine, pigmented, long-wearing

Products to Stock-Up On

These are your favorites, but this is a little list of basics that we sometimes blank on but often have a favorite we use quite frequently, so consider what you reach for in these product types:

  • Eyeshadow Primer
  • Lip Balm/Lip Care
  • Foundation
  • Skincare
  • Mascara
  • Shampoo/Conditioner/Sprays
  • Top/Base Coats (for nails)
  • Makeup Remover

Are you indulging in Sephora’s upcoming VIB sale? What’s on your list? What would you recommend to someone?

And if you aren’t a VIB, while Sephora has hinted at upcoming promotions for BIs as well, they haven’t confirmed what that means (could just be more samples, free shipping, etc. or it could be really awesome), Beauty.com’s F&F sale is open to all with 20% off.